Like most avid readers, I have probably read hundreds of books, trying to make sure that I have conquered most of the bestsellers, and at the same time kept abreast with those new authors that emerge every season. I have been doing this for many years, and during my time in the book industry thousands of books have passed through our doors.
It seems that when a highly acclaimed book gets overlooked, it’s like that Oscar winning movie you never got around to seeing. I didn’t see Schindler’s List until it had been out on video for several years, and I never saw Titanic – but do know how it ends. So, those books missed seldom get much consideration.
After the interview was over, I went to our inventory and picked up a copy of The Day After Tomorrow, went to my desk and browsed the web to see what I could learn about it. As it turns out, this book received the highest advance ever paid for a book up to that time, two million dollars, and it opened #3 on the New York Times list. At the time, I must have known about it, as we do have it in our inventory, and the author signed it and subsequent titles – but I never read it. (more…)
Spectrum Named to Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2014” List!
Terrific news! We were just informed that Alan Jacobson’s new novel, Spectrum (released November 2014) has been named to Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2014” list.
A Note from Alan:
Spectrum was a great deal of fun to write because it gave me an opportunity to explore Karen Vail’s character in new ways. It’s also an excellent entry point into the Vail series because it goes back in time to Vail’s first day on the job as an NYPD beat cop and moves forward through time to the present as she tracks a serial killer who’s terrorized Manhattan for decades.
Spectrum also put me back on the streets of New York City and Queens, where I was born and raised. I knew where the skeletons were buried, so to speak, including the secrets the city has tucked away from the public. As usual, I take the reader behind the scenes to places he/she would never get a chance to go.
Spectrum has been called “Epic,” “shocking,” “ambitious,” and “exceptional.” I have no argument with any of these adjectives 🙂 Reviews of Spectrum can be found here.